Cities can grow up, grow out, or grow expensive

It’s been getting harder than ever to get affordable housing in Utah. Or, in some cases, housing at all. Utah’s strong economic performance and historically low cost of living have lead to large influxes of people from other states. This is no longer isolated to the Wasatch Front as St George, Cedar City, and even Logan have all see strong growth in housing prices over the last several years. Not so coincidentally, we’re also seeing an increasing number of fights about zoning and housing density in almost every growing city…

First, Do No Harm (Part 3): Taxation, Appropriations, Efficiencies (and Domestic Horse Disposal)

Taxation, Appropriations, Efficiencies (and Domestic Horse Disposal) Jim Nielson, AIA, is a Senior Principal with CRSA and a Utah State Representative. First, Do No Harm is a series of posts about how what happens on Utah’s Capitol Hill affects public, business, and personal budgets. This segment continues to look at new legislation and analyzes its consequences on both our business and personal pocketbooks. Missed a Part? Part 1 Part 2 Revenue and Taxation In a more traditional sense, actions by government affect both sides of the public ledger. Some policy…